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pore over

To examine, study, or read with intense, careful attention. She spent hours poring over the text, searching for a clue that might help solve the case. I had to pore over the contract to find who is liable in such a situation.
See also: over, pore
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

pore over something

to look over something carefully. She pored over the reports, looking for errors. I need to take a few hours to pore over these contracts and see if they are ready to be signed.
See also: over, pore

pour (all) over someone or something

to flood over someone or something. (Compare this with pore over something.) The water from the broken dam poured all over the rocks standing at its base. The spilled milk poured over my lap.
See also: over, pour

pour something over someone or something

to cover or douse someone or something with something. As I poured the cooling water over myself, I felt relaxed for the first time since I began the long hike. Mary poured some milk over her cereal.
See also: over, pour
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

pore over

To read or study something carefully and thoroughly: The engineers pored over their calculations looking for errors.
See also: over, pore
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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References in classic literature ?
"I pored over them," he says, "driving in my cart, or walking to labour, song by song, verse by verse."
He came across a book of letters of the wits of Queen Anne's reign, and these he pored over, eager to make his own style good.
As a verb, pore means to examine carefully ('She pored over the documents') or, more rarely, meditate.
The son who pored over his traces must finally come to terms with finding him no place--or everyplace.
England had pored over videos and worked out various game plans to get rid of the big hitter who had racked up 621 runs in his three previous innings in the series.